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August 13, 2015

The 15 teachers attending the Energy Institute for Educators this week may have come from different directions, from Salem or Green Bay, Medford or Mosinee, but they’re all heading home to the same challenge: engaging their students in the contemporary science of energy.

graphene nanoribbon

August 10, 2015

Graphene, an atom-thick material with extraordinary properties, is a promising candidate for the next generation of dramatically faster, more energy-efficient electronics. However, scientists have struggled to fabricate the material into ultra-narrow strips, called nanoribbons, that could enable the use of graphene in high-performance semiconductor electronics.


August 04, 2015

Small, Local, Electrical Grids Will Improve Literacy, Family Incomes, Health and Well-being

Women and children will benefit first from a University of Wisconsin-Madison/Bahir Dar University project to bring electricity to remote Ethiopian villages.

July 31, 2015

Any effort to become more energy-efficient begins with assessing the baseline: the current carbon footprint of a home, building, or entire company.

July 31, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded $2.6 million to a research collaboration led by University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of engineering physics Mark Anderson that aims to advance the technology of utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plants.

solar textile

July 31, 2015

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members — one a textile artist and the other a chemist — have teamed to create fabric solar panels.

Marianne Fairbanks creates textile art and has experimented with wearable solar panels for years. She collaboratively created a bag with a solar panel sewn into the flap.

July 29, 2015

A new faculty member at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Marianne Fairbanks is bringing decades of experience with dyes, fibers and design to the development of a technology she’s been dreaming of for years: the solar textile.

recyclable microchip

July 27, 2015

In our quest for the next new thing in gadgets, we throw away a lot of old electronics—millions of tons of the stuff. But now there may be a biodegradable alternative for at least one part of all those devices: the chip.

July 24, 2015

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a new approach to structuring the catalysts used in essential reactions in the chemical and energy fields. The advance offers a pathway for industries to wean themselves off of platinum, one of the scarcest metals in the earth's crust.

Fuel Cell

July 15, 2015

In the quest for better, less expensive ways to store and use energy, platinum and other precious metals play an important role. They serve as catalysts to propel the most efficient fuel cells, but they are costly and rare.